Sarasota Florida

Things To Do In Sarasota

Celery Fields
6893 Palmer Blvd.

Florida Underwater Sports
6920 S. Tamiami Trail

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Myakka River State Park & Canopy Walk
13208 State Road 72

Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Save Our Seabirds
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Siesta Key Watersports
1536 Stickney Point Road

TreeUmph Adventure Course
21805 State Road 70 East

Brohard Beach Paw Park & Venice Fishing Pier
1600 South Harbor Drive, Venice

Coquina Beach
Gulf Drive South, Anna Maria Island

Siesta Key Beach
948 Beach Road, Siesta Key

South Lido County Park
2201 Ben Franklin Drive

Turtle Beach
8919 Midnight Pass Road

Whitney Beach
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Walmart Neighborhood Market
3500 N. Tamiami Trail

Ellenton Premium Outlets
5461 Factory Shops Blvd.

The Shoppes at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Drive

Ringling College Art & Supply Store
2836 N. Tamiami Trail

Art and Frame of Sarasota
1055 S. Tamiami Trail

3 Pepper Burrito Co.
14 N. Lemon Ave.

Drunken Poet Café
1572 Main Street

Hob Nob
1701 N. Washington Blvd.

Ionie Retreat & Organic Vegan Café
1241 Fruitville Road

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill
5 Bayfront Drive

New Pass Grill & Bait Shop
1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Toasted Mango Café
430 N. Tamiami Trail

Waffle Stop
660 S. Washington Blvd.

Wawa 24/7
3703 N. Washington Blvd.

El Toro Bravo
3218 Clark Road

Maharaja Indian Cuisine
6290 N. Lockwood Ridge Road

Mirna’s Cuban Cuisine
7980 N. Tamiami Trail

Primo! Ristorante
8076 N. Tamiami Trail

Spice Station
1438 Blvd. of the Arts

Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi
100 Central Ave.

Wicked Cantina
1603 N. Tamiami Trail

Yume Sushi
1532 Main Street

Korea Ssam Bar
1303 N. Washington Blvd

Buddy Brew
1289 N. Palm Avenue

Pastry Art Bakery Café
1512 Main Street

2455 N. Tamiami Trail

Did You Know?

  • You can bike to the beach from campus in just 5 minutes.
  • Sarasota Bay is home to 150 bottlenose dolphins.
  • The Ringling College mascot is an armadillo named Remy.
  • SRQ International Airport is only 5 minutes from campus.
  • Sarasota boasts 35 miles of beaches.
  • You can get scuba certified in Sarasota.
  • Ski-a-Rees perform free weekly water ski shows.
  • Every year a sandcastle competition is held in Sarasota.
  • Fresh, locally grown produce is available at Sarasota’s weekend Farmers Market.
  • Sarasota hosts an annual International Film Festival.
  • Alligators can be seen at Myakka River State Park.
  • 40% of the world’s orange juice supply comes from Florida.
  • There are 140 reptile species in Florida.
  • Sarasota is home to The Sarasota Art Museum, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Circus Museum.



Director of Library Services


Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian





Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)  



Assistant Circulation Manager


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 


Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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